5-hour Glacier Hiking Adventure in Skaftafell National Park
Duration: 5 hours Advanced
Duration: 5 hours Advanced
Why we love this tour
Discover the astonishing icy landscape of Skaftafell National Park on a dynamic glacier hike. Extend your time out on the frozen sheets of white and blue for an active adventure.
- Adventure through Skaftafell National Park
- Be amazed by the Falljokull glacier and its ice falls
- Step into the breathtaking icy scenery
- Trek around cracks and crevasses
- Learn about glaciers and their formation
Prepare yourself for an unforgettable and frozen adventure from Skaftafell National Park. This is the perfect opportunity for those who want to experience a long hiking adventure on Falljökull, "The Falling Glacier". We will use different techniques to explore far into the glacier to make sure you let the ice fall amaze you and the breathtaking scenery leave you speechless.
Your adventure will begin at Skaftafell Visitor Center where you will meet your highly qualified and and friendly glacier hiking guide. They will give a short safety briefing and provide you with all of the equipment necessary for your hiking adventure, including helmets, crampons, harness, and ice axes.
After a short ride on the famous “Tröll Bus”, you’ll immerse yourself in the glacier and begin a short hike to the ice cap. Once there, your guide will explain how to get geared up and what the safest practices to walk on a glacial surface.
As you get into the glacier outlet, the majestic features of the natural world amaze you. Falljökull is a glacial tongue from Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier, and its name translates to “The falling glacier”. The icefall in the area is unique on earth and the further you get, the more it will blow your mind. The out-worldly scenery is comprised the ice formations in the area: deep crevasses, pale moulins, and even ice sculptures.
Since we’re going to be so high up, we will be able to observe panoramas over Skaftafell National Park, that has gained fame in the last years for being the location for many films and shows. During your expedition, your glacier guide will let you know how glaciers are formed, the dangers, the consequences of global warming, and their future.
When this 5-hour tour is over, we head back to Skaftafell Visitor Center filled with a head full of all the lessons and otherworldy views.
Need to know before you go
Tours run every day at 10:30 a.m. all year round.
Guides take a group of maximum 10 people.
Minimum age to participate is 12 years old.
This activity is physically challenging. No previous experience is necessary, but a good level of fitness is necessary.
What to bring? Warm clothes (first layer), waterproof clothes (second layer), gloves, a hat, and hiking boots (available for rent at meeting point).
Your booking will become valid after we receive your payment and send you a confirmation email.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance with 100% reimbursement. There is no reimbursement for later cancellations.
In case of cancellation from our side due to bad weather, we will return your payment in full.
Skaftafell Troll Expeditions
West of Hofgardur, 785 Hof, Island
Provided byTroll Expeditions
Reviews for this provider
23 Feb 2023
We went in February and had the best weather we could have wished for. The tour was well organised and the preparation went very smoothly. Our guide was very friendly and always happy to answer any questions we had. The hike was amazing. Even though some of our group were worried that it might be too difficult, it worked quite well (all of us were used to walking the dog/ going on daily walks). The view from the glacier was absolutely stunning and we could stop to take pictures. Unfortunately, the „Blue Ice Cave“ was incredibly disappointing. It was maybe 5 metres long/„deep“ and only four people could enter at a time. Each group of four probably spent up to 10 min in the tiny „cave“ (to take pictures as there wasn‘t anything else to do/see there. The pictures on the website are completely misleading. Organisation of the tour: 5 stars Guide: 5 stars Glacier hike: 5 stars Ice „Cave“: 1 star
21 Jun 2022
11 Oct 2021
Wonderful and exciting. Guide Sven was very experienced and knowledgeable. Dark humor. Loved it.
14 Aug 2019
We didn’t know what to expect. This tour was worth it. We learned a good amount about the glaciers and, sadly, about how they are disappearing. The hiking was easy and the views were fabulous.
2 Jan 2019
It was the most fantastic time in Iceland. I would like to recommend this activites to others. Thank you very much.
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